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Animal Care Internships for College Students

Thank you for your interest in our internship program! The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium offers Animal Care Internships in six different regions: Africa, Asia Quest, Australia and the Islands, Congo Expedition, North America, and Shores.
 Due to the high volume of applications we receive each year, it is most beneficial for candidates to apply for their top 2 internships, rather than all of them.
*There is no veterinary hospital internship offered at this time.  

The Human Resources Department administers the Zoo's Internship program but interns will report directly to individual supervisors in the various departments. We do not provide housing for our interns. It is the responsibility of the intern to arrange and pay for housing and all other associated costs of living for the duration of the internship. All positions will remain open until filled.

Congo Expedition Internship


Student Assistant Positions for College Students

Our student assistant positions are for students currently enrolled or have graduated within six months of college. Unlike our Animal Care and the Wilds Internships, the student assistant positions are paid and are in a variety of departments. All positions require the ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays and are subject to a BMV check, Criminal Background check and Drug Free Workplace Policy.

 Animal Care Student Assistant

- This position may assist in updating the Conservation Collection Management Committee funding database as well as preparing manuals pertaining to Animal Care and AZA Collection planning.
- PC literate-MS Office, Publisher and database management.
- Biology, Zoology, Fish and Wildlife Studies, Museum Studies, History, Computer Science majors desired.

Exhibit Design Student Assistant

- This position will support the Planning and Design team in producing themed art pieces, themed areas and exhibit habitat fabrication at the Zoo and Zoombezi Bay.
- Hand painting of signs, creating custom masks and props, mural repairs, casting, concept design of various elements around the Zoo.
- Drawing, painting, sculpture, color knowledge preferred.
- Ability to use hand tools such as routers, skill saw, drills, sanders, preferred.
- Majors desired are Fine Art, Sculpture, Painting, Drawing and Design.

Finance Student Assistant
- Provides assistance within the Finance Department primarly focusing on Accounts Payable.
- Accounts Payable duties include matching invoices, expense account coding, entry into accounting software, check mailing, check filing, and additional Finance Department duties as time permits.
- Majoring in Accounting or related field.

Safari Golf Club Student Assistant
- Position will contribute to the goal of providing great golf experiences for our guests and also assist with production of strategic  communications (via website, social media, etc).
- College student or recent graduate in Marketing, Communication, Sports Management or related field.

The Wilds Internships

Please note that the Wilds is located in Cumberland, Ohio. These positions are unpaid and housing is provided for the duration of your internship.

Conservation Education Internship